ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Despite all its efforts in recent years, Missouri remains far-and-away the nation’s worst puppy mill state.
A new report is out from the Humane Society, and the list of offenses at Missouri dog-breeding facilities fills page after page—nine puppies dead in one week, animals smeared in their own waste with matted clumps “as large as baseballs,” and dogs that couldn’t walk or suffering from open wounds.
Humane Society of Missouri president Kathy Warnick says despite the findings, things are getting better in the Show-Me State.
“There were more than 1800 puppy mill breeders that were licensed in the state of Missouri,” she says. “Since the implementation of Canine Cruelty Prevention Act, the number of licensed breeders has been reduced to 864.”
Of those, the Humane Society labels 22 as “problem puppy mills.”
Kansas, #2 on the list, has 13.
“We have given a second chance to thousands of animals living in substandard puppy mills that were rescued and subsequently rehabilitated and adopted into loving and caring homes,” Warnick says. “We still, though, have work to do.”
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